CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES

FORMS & APPLICATIONS

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762

  • 907.443.4376
    907.443.4261
  • 907.443.4474

  • cfs@kawerak.org

Children & Family Services

The Children and Family Services (CFS) program is designed to preserve, protect, and strengthen the children and families of the Bering Strait Region Tribes.

Services Include:
Case Management
Referral to other programs
Parenting & early childhood development training (individual training and support, self-help materials and classes)
Training & skill development in health & nutrition
Stress management training & skill development
Assistance in coordinating transportation between communities

Additional Services:
Respite care and arrangements for respite care
Ground transportation for clients to & from activities (only if transportation is available)
Life-skills training and skill development (i.e. individual and family coping, budgeting, housekeeping, etc.)
Escort clients to placements, treatment, homes & visits
Coordination & monitoring visitation between children & their families
Home visits with individual families to help the families

We strive to empower individuals and their families, cultivate nurturing home environments and to educate individuals, families and communities.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Children and Family Services provides services to abused and neglected children and assists with the cultural competence of the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) to ensure cultural values are preserved and respected for the benefit of Alaska Native Families.

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected CALL Office of Children’s Services statewide 1-800-478-4444  or by email to reportchildabuse@alaska.gov. Find out more information about reporting at http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Pages/childrensjustice/mandatoryreporting.aspx.

Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act, (ICWA) is the federal law created in 1978 “…to protect the best interests of Indian children and promote the stability and security of Indian families and tribes.” ICWA works to promote the preservation and protection of tribal member children, families and community. If the removal of an Indian child is necessary, the Act assures that efforts are made to preserve cultural ties by placing a child with an Indian family or organization. Tribal Family Coordinators are Para-professionals that reside in their respective communities and are trained to intervene in all Child in Need of Aid Proceedings and to represent their tribe’s best interest in these proceedings.

Foster Care/Adoption Services

Children and Family Services, Foster Care Specialists recruits and certifies Native and non-native homes to serve as foster care placements for children removed from their homes. Licensed foster homes are homes approved by the Office of Children’s Services that meet a standard of care established in the foster care regulations. The Foster Care Recruiter will provide the following technical assistance to foster parents and potential foster homes.

  • Assistance with the application process
  • Ensure homes are able to pass licensing regulations and statutes
  • Reference checks
  • Fingerprinting
  • Forwarding completed packets to OCS Fairbanks for final approval and licensing.

Contact the Foster Care Recruiter:
Kirstie Ione
kione@kawerak.org
Phone: (907) 434-1693
Toll Free: 1-800-478-5153

Resources:

Alaska Center for Resource Families
Tips, training, and the Resource Family Handbook
www.acrf.org

You need:

  • A willingness to open your home to a child in need
  • Patience, understanding, and a non-judgmental attitude
  • Willingness to adapt to continuously changing regulations
  • A willingness to deal with uncertainty and the temporary nature of fostering

Children are our most precious resource. Help keep them safe.

To be a Foster parent:

  • You DON’T have to be married
  • You DON’T have to be a homeowner
  • You DON’T need a lot of money
  • You DON’T have to live in a big house
  • You CAN work full-time
  • You CAN get licensed for a specific age group or child

Children need to remain connected to know who they are. All children want to stay close to their home, family and remain within their traditions and cultures. To do this we need more foster homes in the Bering Strait Region, both in villages and in Nome.

  • The satisfaction of seeing a dramatic improvement in a child’s condition and behavior once their needs are met
  • An enriching family experience
  • Keeping more tribal members in their home community and region
  • Making a difference in the life of a child

There is always room for one more. <3

  • Must be 21 years old.
  • Have no physical health impairments, mental health conditions, or substance use that will pose a risk to a child or affect the adult’s ability to care for a child.
  • Everyone in the household over 16 must complete fingerprinting and pass a background check.*
  • Agree not to use any form of physical discipline with a child in care.
  • Support the case plan for the family, including reunification with family or placement with relatives.
  • Provide references to the Office of Children’s Services that will speak to your character, judgement, and ability to care for children.

*A variance can be completed for certain background check items. Contact the Foster Care Recruiter for more information.

Good Foster Homes are Always Needed

Foster parents that make their homes available for children make a gift to their community, as well as the children in their care.

For more information regarding Foster Care contact the Foster Care Recruiter @ 907-779-2391 or @ 434-1693, OCS at 1-800-770-5247 or the Alaska Foster Parent Training Center @ 1-800-478-7303.

Call CFS for More Info

Children & Family Services

The Children and Family Services (CFS) program is designed to preserve, protect, and strengthen the children and families of the Bering Strait Region Tribes.

Services Include:
Case Management
Referral to other programs
Parenting & early childhood development training (individual training and support, self-help materials and classes)
Training & skill development in health & nutrition
Stress management training & skill development
Assistance in coordinating transportation between communities

Additional Services:
Respite care and arrangements for respite care
Ground transportation for clients to & from activities (only if transportation is available)
Life-skills training and skill development (i.e. individual and family coping, budgeting, housekeeping, etc.)
Escort clients to placements, treatment, homes & visits
Coordination & monitoring visitation between children & their families
Home visits with individual families to help the families

We strive to empower individuals and their families, cultivate nurturing home environments and to educate individuals, families and communities.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Children and Family Services provides services to abused and neglected children and assists with the cultural competence of the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) to ensure cultural values are preserved and respected for the benefit of Alaska Native Families.

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected CALL Office of Children’s Services statewide 1-800-478-4444 or  by email at reportchildabuse@alaska.gov. Find out more information about reporting at http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Pages/childrensjustice/mandatoryreporting.aspx.

Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act, (ICWA) is the federal law created in 1978 “…to protect the best interests of Indian children and promote the stability and security of Indian families and tribes.” ICWA works to promote the preservation and protection of tribal member children, families and community. If the removal of an Indian child is necessary, the Act assures that efforts are made to preserve cultural ties by placing a child with an Indian family or organization. Tribal Family Coordinators are Para-professionals that reside in their respective communities and are trained to intervene in all Child in Need of Aid Proceedings and to represent their tribe’s best interest in these proceedings.

Foster Care/Adoption Services

Children and Family Services, Foster Care Specialists recruits and certifies Native and non-native homes to serve as foster care placements for children removed from their homes. Licensed foster homes are homes approved by the Office of Children’s Services that meet a standard of care established in the foster care regulations. The Foster Care Recruiter will provide the following technical assistance to foster parents and potential foster homes.

  • Assistance with the application process
  • Ensure homes are able to pass licensing regulations and statutes
  • Reference checks
  • Fingerprinting
  • Forwarding completed packets to OCS Fairbanks for final approval and licensing.

Contact the Foster Care Recruiter:
Kirstie Ione
kione@kawerak.org
Phone: (907) 443-4376
Toll Free: 1-800-478-5153

Resources:

Alaska Center for Resource Families
Tips, training, and the Resource Family Handbook
www.acrf.org

You need:

  • A willingness to open your home to a child in need
  • Patience, understanding, and a non-judgmental attitude
  • Willingness to adapt to continuously changing regulations
  • A willingness to deal with uncertainty and the temporary nature of fostering

Children are our most precious resource. Help keep them safe.

To be a Foster parent:

  • You DON’T have to be married
  • You DON’T have to be a homeowner
  • You DON’T need a lot of money
  • You DON’T have to live in a big house
  • You CAN work full-time
  • You CAN get licensed for a specific age group or child

Children need to remain connected to know who they are. All children want to stay close to their home, family and remain within their traditions and cultures. To do this we need more foster homes in the Bering Strait Region, both in villages and in Nome.

  • The satisfaction of seeing a dramatic improvement in a child’s condition and behavior once their needs are met
  • An enriching family experience
  • Keeping more tribal members in their home community and region
  • Making a difference in the life of a child

There is always room for one more. <3

  • Must be 21 years old.
  • Have no physical health impairments, mental health conditions, or substance use that will pose a risk to a child or affect the adult’s ability to care for a child.
  • Everyone in the household over 16 must complete fingerprinting and pass a background check.*
  • Agree not to use any form of physical discipline with a child in care.
  • Support the case plan for the family, including reunification with family or placement with relatives.
  • Provide references to the Office of Children’s Services that will speak to your character, judgement, and ability to care for children.

*A variance can be completed for certain background check items. Contact the Foster Care Recruiter for more information.

Good Foster Homes are Always Needed

Foster parents that make their homes available for children make a gift to their community, as well as the children in their care.

For more information regarding Foster Care contact the Foster Care Recruiter @ 907-779-2391 or @ 434-1693, OCS at 1-800-770-5247 or the Alaska Foster Parent Training Center @ 1-800-478-7303.

Call CFS for More Info

FORMS & APPLICATIONS

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762

  • 907.443.4376
    907.443.4261
  • 907.443.4474

  • cfs@kawerak.org